Is Your Business a Target?
Targeted attacks – including Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) – are some of the most dangerous risks for enterprises. However, while the threats and techniques that cybercriminals use are constantly evolving, too many businesses are relying on yesterday’s security technologies to protect against today’s threats.
At the same time, the cost of launching a targeted attack has reduced and many attackers are finding that even inexpensive toolsets can be highly effective. As a result, the volume of attacks has increased… and all businesses are vulnerable.
What Is a Targeted Attack?
Targeted attacks are long-term processes that compromise security and give the attacker unauthorised control over the victim’s IT, helping the attacker to avoid detection by traditional security technologies.
Although some attacks may use Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) – which can be very effective, but expensive to implement – other attacks may use a single technique, such as advanced malware or a zero-day.
What an Attack Could Cost You
Businesses that fall victim to a targeted attack, can suffer a wide range of costs and operational issues:
- Financial losses – via cybercrime
- Disruption of business processes
- Regulatory and compliance issues
- Legal action by customers, suppliers or employees
- Damage to competitive position and brand image
- Reactive costs to prevent further attacks – including:
- Training – to improve security department skills and users’ security awareness
- Staffing – including new job roles, segregation of duties and demand for additional expertise
- Eliminating weak points – to improve system security, remove vulnerabilities and implement targeted security solutions
Because targeted attacks are overseen by highly trained cybercriminals that adapt each phase of their attack, businesses need a security strategy that’s underpinned by constantly evolving security intelligence.